Founding President, Center for Asia Leadership
Harvard University, MPA
Samuel Hungsoo Kim, a Korean national, is the Founding President of the Center for Asia Leadership. He is passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 70 programs annually, in 31 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges. His research and programs focus on overcoming the immunity to change, addressing maladaptive leadership practices, defining leadership in the times of an absence of authority, and dealing with macro and micro uncertainties. To date, some 42,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the governmental, political, non-profit, and corporate spheres in Asia have benefited from his programs. Prior to establishing CAL, Samuel worked in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He also has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University. Samuel holds a MPA from Harvard University. He is the editor of twelve books and regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials.